Centenary Celebrations: IISc Partners Scirus

by CXOtoday Staff    Nov 02, 2006

Adding one more feather to its cap, the Indian Institute of Science has entered into partnership with Scirus- Elseview’s free science specific search engine.The partnership will enable index two institutional repositories, ePrints@IISc and etd@IISc.

ePrints@IISc is an eprints archiving facility for the IISc research community and the latter a digital repository of theses and dissertations of IISc’ students and researchers. IISc represents Scirus’ first Indian partner. With over 250 million scientifically relevant pages to date, the addition of IISc content underscores Scirus’ continued mission to remain the most comprehensive search engine of science-focused content on the Web.

“Having recognized the need for preservation and dissemination of our scholarly information, IISc was one of the first Indian institutions to establish openly accessible repositories to support the needs of our students and faculty as well as researchers around the globe,” said Filbert Minj, Scientific Officer of the National Centre for Science Information. “Using Scirus’ search solution we hope to bring world class electronic information services to the IISc community and remote users’ world wide.”

The Indian Institute of Science is scheduled to begin its Centenary Celebrations in a couple of years’ time. The National Center for Science Information (NCSI) and the JRD Tata Memorial Library of the IISc have been given the ambitious target of depositing all the papers and all the theses of IISc in the ePrints@IISc and etd@IISc repositories by then. According to IISc the partnership with Scirus is extremely valuable for mining this intellectual wealth in a very efficient manner.

“In our partnership with the IISc, we were committed to making their repositories more visible on their own site, as well maximizing their global accessibility via Scirus.com,” says Saskia van Acker, content manager of Scirus. “We have helped IISc increase the visibility of their services on campus by powering a combined search of both repositories on Scigate, IISc’s Science Information portal and making them a searchable source on Scirus. Working with such diverse repositories has become a critical component in our success with repository search partners around the globe.”